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  • 95 references 75 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning Afrikaans, French, Italian
  • 45, Male
  • Member since 2008
  • Property Developer
  • Honours Economics and Psychology
  • From Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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About Me


Lead a peaceful, relaxed life


We're a young at heart couple that live in Johannesburg. I'm 41 and Roxy my wife is 35. We have a girl that was born in 2016. We're looking for fun travelers to come and enjoy our suburban house with us. Also travelers that are into cooking, conversations, cycling, running and nature walks.

I like to think I'm pretty relaxed. I enjoy a beer or two at the pub. I love playing sports like rugby, tennis, cricket and soccer. I'm an avid reader and enjoy art cinema. Music is my passion and I am an amateur Dj.
I am a good listener and love showing foreigners my country..
My life in Johannesburg consists of meeting up with friends and having a fun filled dinner with a few glasses of wine. Curling up on the couch with a good book, or playing sports with my mates.
I'm bike riding quite a bit at the moment. So if you are keen to ride then I'm happy to go with you. I have two bikes which I'm happy to share!

I also have a holiday house in Cape Town which I'm occasionally at.


I believe that this world is not all about work and career.. There is so much more to life like socialising, travelling, reading, meditating, having long wine-filled lunches, playing sports and being with friends and family.
Spontaneity is the key!

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I think CS2 is such a great idea.. I couchsurfed all over Switzerland and felt I was able to experience Switzerland like a local rather than a tourist. I did things I could never have done if my hosts hadn't shown them to me.. I recently had my first guest who was Swiss and it was great to meet him and show off my home town!!
I had about 10 people during the World cup in South Africa and it was an absolute blast.. Singing with my Argentinian CS'ers when Argentina won.. Crying when they lost! Braving the freezing temperatures to watch games with Canadians and Americans.. What an absolute blast!


I've couchsurfed in Switzerland, Italy, India, America and England and had so many amazing and beautiful experiences.
I've hosted people from all over the world in my hometown of Johannesburg..


Reading, music, sport, cinema, dancing..
I love going out and meeting new people and especially learning about different places in the world. Cycling and running are hobbies of mine.

  • arts
  • books
  • singing
  • dancing
  • wine
  • beer
  • drinking
  • pub crawls
  • movies
  • reading
  • traveling
  • music
  • cycling
  • sports
  • cricket
  • soccer
  • tennis
  • rugby
  • world cup
  • history
  • tourism

Music, Movies, and Books

Florence + The Machine, Wintersleep, Bon Iver, The XX, Horse Feathers, Foals, Youth Lagoon, Hey Rosetta, The Antlers, Beach House, Bloc Party, Decemberists, Pearl Jam, U2, The Beatles, Kate Nash, Cat Power, Crowded House, The National, Tv On The Radio, Moby, A-ha, The Doors, Interpol, Killers, The Cure, Billy Joel, Air, New Radicals, OMD, Wham, Nelly Furtado, Depeche Mode, Faithless, Bran Van 3000, Bob Marley, Cat Stevens, John Denver, The Shins, Just Jack, Manu Chao, Joanna Newsom, Stars, Jim Croce, Tears for Fears, The Veils, The Rural Alberta Advantage
As It Is In Heaven, American Beauty, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Cyrano de Bergerac, Juno, The Goonies Lars and the Real Girl, Lost In Translation, The Professional (Leon), Atonement, Titanic, Meet Joe Black, Contact, The Station Agent, Amelie, Adaptation
Hair, About A Boy, Kingpin, Leaving Las Vegas, The Good Girl, Whale Rider, Wedding Crashers, Vanilla Sky
The Ice Storm, Sideways, Stranger Than Fiction, Jean de Florette, Groundhog Day, The Highlander, The History Boys, Stand By Me, Up In The Air
The Magus - John Fowles
The Reader - Bernhardt Schlink
All of David Lodge
Rabbit, Run - John Updike
Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follet
The Sunbird - Wilbur Smith
The End of the Affair - Graham Greene
The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
My Family and Other Animals - Gerrard Durrell

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I watched the Palio in Siena and backed the winning horse. There were grown men crying they were so happy there horse had won!
I have swum in the amazon..
I lived in Antwerp, Belgium for a year and my room looked out onto the most beautiful (i think so at least!) cathedral.. Antwerp is such a beautiful city and I made many wonderful friends.
The World Cup in South Africa!

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach you about supply and demand (very intersting I know!?!)
And how to swear in Italian..
I'm keen to learn anything new..

Countries I’ve Visited

Barbados, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Jamaica, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mozambique, Netherlands, Scotland, Singapore, Swaziland, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, United States, Wales, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Countries I’ve Lived In

Belgium, South Africa, United Kingdom

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